Ilan Ben-Zvi, a senior physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been recognized as an IEEE Fellow. The IEEE originally represented electrical and electronics engineers, but it has expanded its scope and today is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. The IEEE Fellowship is one of the organization’s most prestigious honors.
Ben-Zvi was recognized “for leadership in superconducting accelerators, high brightness electron sources and free electron lasers.”
Ben-Zvi is head of the superconducting accelerator and electron cooling group at Brookhaven Lab’s Collider-Accelerator Department, where he develops state-of-the-art superconducting radio frequency accelerator elements and high-current, high-brightness electron beams. As director of Brookhaven Lab’s Accelerator Test Facility (ATF) for 15 years, Ben-Zvi saw to its development as the premiere advanced accelerator physics facility in the world. Working at the ATF, Ben-Zvi developed devices and techniques for improving free electron lasers, instruments used to study a wide variety of materials and chemical reactions; and devices for more efficiently operating accelerators for physics research.
After earning a Ph.D. in physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, in 1970, Ben-Zvi went to Stanford University, where he helped develop superconducting linear accelerators. In 1975, he returned to Weizmann and founded a cryogenic technology laboratory. From 1980-1982, Ben-Zvi was a visiting associate professor of physics at Stony Brook University. He helped to establish an accelerator at Stony Brook, and he invented and developed accelerator systems now used throughout the world.
Ben-Zvi joined Brookhaven Lab as a visiting physicist in 1988 and rose through the ranks to become a senior physicist in 1997. He served as head of Brookhaven’s Accelerator Test Facility from 1992 to 2007, and he is currently the associate chair for superconducting accelerator R&D at Brookhaven’s Collider-Accelerator Department as well as an adjunct professor of physics at Stony Brook.
Ben-Zvi is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. He is also the recipient of the IEEE Accelerator Science and Technology Award in 1999 and the IEEE Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society Merit Award in 2008. He received Brookhaven Lab’s Science and Technology Award in 2001 and the Free Electron Laser Prize in 2007, sponsored by the International Free Electron Laser Conference. He has served in leading roles in many international scientific meetings and distinguished scientific panels, including a National Academy of Sciences’ committee. He is the author or coauthor of over 375 publications.